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Published Thursday, July 12, 2012 @ 6:06 AM EDT
Jul 12 2012

Quotes of the day- Buckminster Fuller:
Richard Buckminster Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an American philosopher, systems theorist, architect, and inventor, known to many of his friends and fans as "Bucky" Fuller. He created and popularized terms such as "Spaceship Earth", ephemeralization, and synergetics. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, the most famous of which is the geodesic dome. (Click for full article.)

All of humanity is in peril of extinction if each one of us does not dare, now and henceforth, always to tell only the truth, and all the truth, and to do so promptly- right now.

As a consequence of the slavish “categoryitis” the scientifically illogical, and as we shall see, often meaningless questions “Where do you live?” “What are you?” “What religion?” “What race?” “What nationality?” are all thought of today as logical questions. By the twenty-first century it either will have become evident to humanity that these questions are absurd and anti-evolutionary or men will no longer be living on Earth.

Corporations are neither physical nor metaphysical phenomena. They are socioeconomic ploys- legally enacted game-playing- agreed upon only between overwhelmingly powerful socioeconomic individuals and by them imposed upon human society and its all unwitting members.

Dare to be naïve.

Don't fight forces, use them.

Every time man makes a new experiment he always learns more. He cannot learn less.

Everything you've learned in school as obvious becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.

God, to me, it seems is a verb, not a noun, proper or improper.

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.

I find people only listen to you when they ask you to talk to them.

I think it's absolutely touch-and-go whether we're going to make it.

It is the integrity of each individual human that is in final examination. On personal integrity hangs humanity's fate.

Life is the spirit incarnate in time.

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.

People are born with legs, not roots.

Politicians are always realistically maneuvering for the next election. They are obsolete as fundamental problem-solvers.

Pollution is nothing but resources we're not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.

Relativity is inherently convergent, though convergent toward a plurality of centers of abstract truths.

Take the initiative. Go to work, and above all co-operate and don't hold back on one another or try to gain at the expense of another. Any success in such lopsidedness will be increasingly short-lived. These are the synergetic rules that evolution is employing and trying to make clear to us. They are not man-made laws. They are the infinitely accommodative laws of the intellectual integrity governing universe.

The most important thing to teach your children is that the sun does not rise and set. It is the Earth that revolves around the sun. Then teach them the concepts of North, South, East and West, and that they relate to where they happen to be on the planet's surface at that time. Everything else will follow.

The nearest each of us can come to God is by loving the truth.

The opposite of nature is impossible.

The Things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done.

The Universe consists of non-simultaneously apprehended events.

Thinking is a momentary dismissal of irrelevancies.

We are at the point where the integrity of the individual counts and not what the political leadership or the religious leadership says to do.

We must progress to the stage of doing all the right things for all the right reasons instead of doing all the right things for all the wrong reasons.

Also on July 12...

Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.

Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close natural observation, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore, while displaying a poetic sensibility, philosophical austerity, and "Yankee" love of practical detail. He was also deeply interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay; at the same time he advocated abandoning waste and illusion in order to discover life's true essential needs.

Click here for Wikipedia's full article on Thoreau. Click here for a collection of Thoreau quotes from the KGB Quotations Database.

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